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Grape expectations

Sesame did themselves proud at one industry awards do this week. The marketing team proved the old adage about not able to organise an apertif in a brewery. Literally. The duo – Ian Thomas and Jared Aitken – not only arrived late to greet their MM guest but were rather apologetic, seeing that ours was the only tabletop not adorned with wine bottles. They had forgotten to pre-order, which would not be quite so bad except the event was held at Vinopolis – the World of Wine.


Standard Life launches Group Sipp

Standard Life launches its group self-invested personal pension to employers looking to review their scheme arrangements in advance of A-Day next year.Several investment options will be available including residential property from April 6, as well as Standard Life mutual funds, stocks and shares, discretionary fund management and commercial property investment.GSIPP, due to launch in January […]

Counter claims

Chartered Insurance Institute chief Peter Hales has launched a bitter attack against claim management firms, branding them a national disgrace and blaming them for the surge in unjust and vexatious complaints against life offices and advisers.

Brown to cut FSA red tape

Chancellor Gordon Brown is to slash red tape at the FSA. Brown told the CBI conference in London this week that as part of cost-saving measures to be included in the pre-Budget report, he will focus on a risk-based approach to financial services and will bring in 10 simplification and deregulatory measures to reduce the […]

Bestinvest buys IFA Waterson Jones

Bestinvest has acquired London-based IFA Waterson Jones, which will now be integrated into the Bestinvest group.The firm, set up in March 2002 by Martin Jones, who will now be become a director of the group.Bestinvest chief executive John Spiers says: We are extremely pleased that Martin has selected Bestinvest as his future partner from a […]


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